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HELEN FAUCIT

Helen Faucit (Lady Theodore Martin) was an English actress. She was born in 1816 and died in 1898. The daughter of an actress, she made her debut at the Theatre Royal, Richmond, in 1833, as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet. She first appeared in London at Covent Garden as Julia in The Hunchback, in which she gained a decided success. She was one of the most important members of Macready's company during the Shakespearian revivals of 1837, and was subsequently the original representative of the heroines in Lord Lytton's Lady of Lyons, Money, Richelieu, etc, and in
Browning's Strafford, Blot on the Scutcheon, and Colombe's Birthday. She was married to Theodore Martin (later Sir Theodore Martin), in 1851, since when she rarely appeared on the stage, and latterly only for charitable purposes. Helen Faucit was the author of a volume On Some of Shakespeare's Female Characters.
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